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Leee John

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Hackney, London, UK (1981 – present)

Leee John (born John Leslie McGregor, 23 June 1957, Hackney, London, UK) of St Lucian descent, is a British musician and actor. He was educated in New York, later studying drama at the Anna Scher Theatre School.

He is best known as the lead singer for Imagination (1981-1992), the internationally popular pop, dance and soul team whose sales of CDs, albums, singles, videos and DVDs now exceeds some twenty-million copies. Starting with the double gold LPs ‘Body Talk’ and ‘In The Heat Of The Night’ and encompassing the classic hits ‘Just An Illusion,’ ‘Music And Lights’ and ‘Changes.’

Born in London, Leee spent some of his formative years in New York, exposed to the R&B and soul music of the ’70s. He signed his first record deal as part of a duo with family friend Russell Fraser but it was after working with Grammy award-winning producer Trevor Horn on the track ‘Got To Be Good’ with his new group Imagination that Leee came to the attention of producer Tony Swain who encouraged Leee to complete the lyrics and melody for the song ‘Body Talk’ which would become Imagination’s first Top 5 single.

Subsequently, Imagination recorded seven albums, touring the world and establishing itself as one of the most popular dance, funk/soul and pop acts in contemporary music throughout the ’80s. By 1991, the original line-up had changed although Leee continued to tour globally throughout the ’90s and beyond (with stops in India, Sri Lanka, Angola, South Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, Russia and France) in the process hosting his own British television chat show, ‘Leee’s Place.

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